Spring Fun In Your National Parks

Spring Fun In Your National Parks

Have you made any plans to visit one of our over 400 national parks this spring? If you’re looking for some ideas, we’re here to help! We’ve listed below some exciting national park adventures that we think you’d enjoy!


See how Elephant Seals spend their time at Point Reyes National Seashore (CA)
Come view an elephant seal colony through park-provided binoculars and scopes! Volunteer docents are excited to tell you about the amazing adaptations and life cycles of northern elephant seals, so don’t be shy – ask lots of questions! For more information click here.

Padre IslandStart your morning off right with an early birding tour at Padre Island National Seashore (TX)
More than 380 species of birds have been identified at Padre Island National Seashore – that’s nearly half of all the bird species that have been documented in North America! Join the park’s expert birding guides on a 2-3 hour driving tour to find and observe the amazing variety of birds found in this park. For more information click here.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the riverfront at Jean Lafitte National
Historical Park and Preserve
Take an hour-long, guided walk along the Mississippi River levee and learn all about New Orleans history! Walk ends on the levee across from Jackson Square. For more information click here.

Hike through a bamboo forest at Haleakala National Park (HI)
Embark on a 2.5 hour guided hike along the Pipiwai Trail. You’ll pass through a beautiful bamboo forest on your way to view the incredible Makahiku and Waimoku Falls. For more information click here.

Listen to the sounds of spring at George Washington Carver
National Monument
Discover nature during spring break! The Partnership for Environmental Education (PEEP) invites children of all ages to get your own PEEP Passport and listen for Spring Peepers, small frogs singing in chorus early in the springtime. Visit the park and five other area sites that conserve natural and cultural resources to earn a special patch. For more information click here.

Virgin Islands National ParkDiscover an underwater paradise at Virgin Islands National Park (VI)
Snorkel over a coral reef while a park ranger points out different coral formations, the organisms that live there and explains how they relate to each other. In addition, you will learn what the park is doing to protect these valuable resources. For more information click here.

Visit the only planetarium in the National Park system at Rock Creek Park (DC)
Come view the brightest stars, planets, and constellations of the springtime and learn their stories. For more information click here.

Boogie on down at the Music of the Mountains festival at Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TN)
In its ninth year, the Music of the Mountains festival shares the rich musical traditions of the Southern Appalachians. Come join in on the fun! More information click here.

See how you measure up at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (KS)
Did you know that tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America? Today less than 4% remains and most of it is found at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Join us for a 90-minute ranger-led prairie bus tour and learn all about the tallgrass prairie ecosystem, geology, and American Indian and ranching cultures, all the while enjoying the wide-open vistas of the prairie horizon. For more information click here.

Celebrate Junior Ranger Day at Chickasaw National Recreation Area (OK)
Join us for a fun-filled day learning about nature! Each child will have the opportunity to receive a junior ranger badge and certificate! National parks across the country will be celebrating National Junior Ranger Day in April, so be sure to check out events at national parks near you! For more information click here.

For more information on these and other events happening in America's national parks, visit the National Park Service's calendar.